File photo of Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
The upcoming Congress plenary session in Delhi will feature both continuity and discontinuity.
Rahul Gandhi as Congress President has decided to dedicate the plenary to the party's workers but UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi may not officially address the session. This may then be the first Congress plenary session that Sonia Gandhi will refrain from addressing after joining politics.
Secondly, unlike PV Narasimha Rao and Sitaram Kesari, Rahul Gandhi will not in go for an election to the CWC. Elections had in the past led to open warfare within the party when Rao and Kesari were at the helm of affairs. Rahul had earlier advocated and allowed elections to the Youth Congress, which too had led to infighting and adverse results.
Under Rahul Gandhi’s presidentship, Manmohan Singh will hold a meeting on March 16 of the party's Steering Committee at the Constitution Club.
Rahul has told his colleagues that the session should be about the party's workers and not about him becoming president of the Congress.
The Congress will pass five resolutions during the session. The political resolution will focus on the RSS but that said, the focus will be on Rahul.
There will also be a separate resolution on the farmers' issue.
Priyanka is expected to come to the session too but like in the past, is expected keep to back-room preparations.
Rahul himself will speak on the last day of the session, March 18.